Category: Church

Can a loving God allow hell to exist?

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Hell is a tough doctrine.

In his book the Problem of Pain, CS Lewis sums up what I think many would agree with: “There is no doctrine which I would more willingly remove from Christianity than this, if it lay in my power. But it has the full support of Scripture and, specially, of our Lord’s own words; it has always been held by Christendom; and it has the support of reason.”

We’re fine with the idea of a loving God, but we’re less accepting of a God who judges.

With the idea of hell, It can seem unfair. We can feel tempted to justify why hell doesn’t exist. Or maybe we think that hell is really just for people who are really, really bad.

The importance of constant gospel focus

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As someone who doesn’t have kids, over the last few years, more and more of my friends have began to have children.

When you have your first kid, you’re a member of a new club. You are a parent. Being a parent is something that becomes part of who you are. Your whole life, you haven’t had kids….but then you leave the hospital, and you have this baby.

I’ve always thought, “Wow. That must be so…weird!”

Your whole life, you haven’t had kids, and then suddenly you have one, and forever.

Jesus: Cross-examined

 

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We see symbols everyday. Symbols of peace, strength, royalty, and victory.

Within Christianity, there is no greater symbol than the cross, something so obvious that we take it for granted. Something so pervasive, so associated with Christianity that we might not even question it.

But why is the cross the symbol?

Doubtless there could have been other symbols used.

The importance of the Old Testament to the New Testament

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I recently had a friend ask me a question about a verse in Paul’s letter to the Ephesians. Paul will have passages where every verse seems to have different possible interpretations and where they can seem impossibly difficult. As I was researching this complicated passage, I couldn’t help but think “The Old Testament is so much simpler!”